Top Ten Tuesday -Private Eyes They’re Watching You

I love crime novels. Good ones. Cheesey ones. Good cheesey ones. Not awful cheesey ones. If it’s a crime novel, I’ll give it a shot. Especially when it’s a detective novel. And that leads in to this week’s topic. Novels when you’re in the mood for a little figuring.

These are not necessarily good books. But they’re entertaining. You’ve been warned.

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The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

Any of the three novels are a fabulous read, but this one is my favourite. It’s dark, dirty, and over the top and all about the publishing industry. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tuesday – I Read You the Most

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! This week is similar to a previous list, but now we’re talking about the authors we’ve read a lot. Like a lot lot. We’ve read more books by them than anyone else. This is where Goodreads comes in really handy. There are authors I have read way more books from than I thought I had. And authors where I would have sworn I had read more.

I’m going to admit I tempered the list a wee bit. It could have been filled with Ann M. Martin and Francine Pascal and every other series I devoured as a kid/teen. But, I’ve decided to only include a few of these authors. And these only made the cut because I’ve read at least one of their books in my current home (is that a really arbitrary marker? Whatever. My list. My rules).

Something I noticed while putting this list together is that I’ve been reading a lot of authors who haven’t published a lot of books. Excellent authors who just don’t have enough books out to make the list. So honorable mention to: Tana French, Gillian Flynn, Courtney Summers, and Stieg Larsson. I’ve read everything they’ve published, and have the jittery, nervous feeling when I think about their new books. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Books for People Who Like Their Novels Bleak as Hell

You know how sometimes, you just want to read a depressing as crap novel full of wholly unlikable characters? No? Weird. I get that feeling all the time. Well, not all the time, but often. These are the books I find myself drawn to the most. The ones that get the highest ratings from me. Books where there characters are strong and detailed but not entirely/remotely likable. These novels usually involve some pretty intensely depressing storylines.

This week, the ladies over at the B&B have asked us to recommend books for people that like a specific genre/style/format/whatever. So, I’m picking the type of book I just described. The one where you can just sink into someone else’s misery. Not to hide from your own or whatever, but just because you can. One of the things I hate to read in reviews is that a book is crap because the characters are unlikable. I’ve said it multiple times- I do not hate unlikable characters. In fact, I often prefer them. I don’t need to like a character to like a novel. A completely unlikable main character will draw me in more than someone who’s polished and inviting. These are people I would never want in my real life, but in books, they’re just too enticing. Nice characters are just so dull.

I’ve divided these into three groups for those of you with genre preferences.

Young Adult fiction is a smorgasbord of offputting characters, but let’s face it, teens are pretty awful when they want to be. So, there were lots of novels to choose from in this genre (I’m pretty sure Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers will live here – I’m only 40 pages in and Parker is one of the most unlikable characters I’ve ever read – but I’m not finished it yet, so this is its honorable mention).

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Dare Me by Megan Abbott

A book about the way teenage girls hate – not only the people that don’t fit into their circles, but themselves and their friends. Obsession and hatred in perfect bodies. Abbott handles the subject matter expertly. Continue reading

TTT – Freebie – 2015 Rereads Challenge

The ladies over at the B&B are giving us a freebie today. I could do lots of things, but I’ve been busy, so I’m doing rereads. Alright, so I kind of already did this post back in November, but I’ve decided to actually schedule some re-reading this year as part of the #reread2015 Challenge.

Re-Read Challenge

Instead of reading a specific number of books this read, I’m re-reading specific books instead. Getting to enjoy books I really enjoyed the first time around again? Yes, please. Thinking I won’t read a single new book over the course of the year is a ridiculous and unattainable goal, so I’ve chosen twelve books. One a month. I should be able to make this goal no problem.

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Harry Potter 5,6,7 by J.K. Rowling

I’ve been doing my Potter re-read for over the last year. Picking up all the things I’ve forgotten by watching the movies so many times. I started book five just after Christmas, so I’m already on track to get these reads done. I actually think I’ll finish this one today or tomorrow. Book five is so much better than I remember it being. I’m super excited to reread the last two – especially since I’ve only read the seventh book once. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday – Best of 2014

We’re inching close to the end of the year, and you know what that means – best of lists. Although, let’s be honest, aren’t all the top ten lists a best of of some sort? Anyway, this week’s list is the best reads of 2014. It’s mostly a rehash of other posts I’ve published this year. I’ve talked about my bests a lot. If they weren’t worth talking about, they probably aren’t a best. But this is a nice way to do a round up. So, without unnecessary fanfare, here’s my list.

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I Wear the Black Hat by Chuck Klosterman

I started out my year with this book. I’m generally a fan of Klosterman’s more recent work. And I’m always a fan of a good villain. So, when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it. It contains some of my favourite essays by Klosterman. He looks at our culture of blame and villainization and mirrors it back in this book. It’s well worth the read. Continue reading